Meaning of “hatch” in the English Dictionary

"hatch" in English

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uk /hætʃ/ us /hætʃ/

hatchnoun [ C ]

uk /hætʃ/ us /hætʃ/ also hatchway,

an opening through a wall, floor, etc., or the cover for it:

an escape hatch
a serving hatch


(Definition of “hatch” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hatch" in American English

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us /hætʃ/

hatch verb (BREAK EGG)

[ I/T ] to break an egg so a baby animal can come out:

[ I ] The birds hatched out the next afternoon.

hatch verb (PLAN)

[ T ] to create or decide on a plan, esp. a secret plan:

They hatched a plan for a surprise birthday party.

hatchnoun [ C ]

us /hætʃ/

hatch noun [ C ] (OPENING)

an opening through a floor or wall, or the cover for an opening, esp. on a ship:

a cargo hatch

(Definition of “hatch” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)